I'll start by advising anyone who drives a car with a manual transmission that they might want to avoid this hotel. The ramp from the underground parking is short and extremely steep, and exits right into the hotel driveway. You can't see if a vehicle or pedestrian is coming until you are near the top of the ramp, and the ramp is too steep to stop a car with a manual transmission at that point - you have to exit completely and hope you won't hit anyone. We exited 3 times during our stay, and 2 of those times the hotel had an employee at the top of the ramp to signal when it was ok to exit. But we had a real white-knuckle ride out the one time there was no staff at the top of the ramp. This ramp is a serious accident waiting-to-happen. And there is no other parking option.
The second negative is that there is no decent dining option either on-site or within easy walking distance. The hotel facility - the Bistro - has the look, feel, service-level and food quality of an airport departure lounge. It's laid out with lots of surface space so that business guests can work with their laptops while eating or having a drink. But, if you (like us) go to a restaurant to actually "dine" and enjoy the food and atmosphere, then you'll want to avoid the Bistro. The hotel doesn't even have a cosy bar area - a hotel feature that we've always enjoyed after a day travelling.
Despite the above, we did enjoy some aspects of this hotel. The rooms are over-sized, newly decorated and super-clean, with spacious bathrooms. The hotel itself is also spotless, and the staff were efficient and friendly.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- It Pays to Book Direct for the best rates and special Marriott Rewards privileges. Courtyard by Marriott Ottawa East is a brand new hotel, opened in March 2012. We are conveniently located at the corner of the Vanier Parkway and Coventry Rd., just off Hwy. 417 and minutes from downtown Ottawa. We offer complimentary parking and hi-speed internet access. All 397 of our stylish and uncommonly spacious guest rooms offer a mini-fridge, microwave and wet bar. Located on the 15th floor, check out our fitness centre open 24 hours. Enjoy panoramic views of the city from here and in our pool/whirlpool area also on the 15th floor. The Bistro restaurant is open throughout the day serving Starbucks coffee and fresh, healthy options. No matter what your time allows, you'll have options to grab and go or sit and let us serve you. Come and see us! You won't be disappointed! ... more less
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